Woman and gorilla share touching moment at zoo watching videos on her phone

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Heads almost touching, they could be any two friends enjoying videos on a mobile phone.

The adorable moment shows Lindsey Costello bonding with a gorilla at a zoo in Kentucky.

She said an older woman had been showing the gorilla videos when she arrived at the enclosure and invited her to take over.

Posting the image on Instagram she wrote: "My new friend and I enjoy watching videos of baby gorillas."

To her delight, Lindsey said the gorilla even appeared to make it clear when he wanted to watch a new video - making a swiping motion with his hand.


Ironically, human addiction to mobile phones is threatening gorilla with extinction in the wild.

The animals are being poached for bushmeat by militia groups and miners digging for an ore called coltan.

It contains tantalum, used to make capacitors in modern electronic devices.

Much of the globe’s coltan is mined in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Wildlife observers have witnessed whole families of gorillas being massacred by thugs with machine guns.

Eastern lowland gorillas, which are only found in the Congo, were recently added to the critically endangered species Red List, one step from extinction.

They are the largest primates on the planet.

Twenty years ago, before the Congo civil war – which has left 5.4 million people dead and still rumbles on today – there were 18,000.

Now there are estimated to be just 3,800 left in the wild.

That is a population decline of 80% in a single generation.

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